Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: First, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Special admission: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia

Education

University of Iowa (B.A., cum laude, 1996)

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with high distinction, 1999)

Profile

Danielle Gould represents clients in a variety of commercial and consumer litigation matters, with a special emphasis on complex litigation including class action defense at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.  Ms. Gould has defended numerous class actions alleging claims for violations of state consumer protection statutes; breach of contract; breach of warranty; the unauthorized practice of law; and violations of federal statutes including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 

Ms. Gould also represents clients in significant non-class matters including commercial lease disputes, employment matters alleging the negligent hiring and retention of employees, and individuals requiring pro bono representation.

Experience

Ms. Gould has found success in the courtroom at the trial and appellate levels.  Highlights include obtaining a not-guilty verdict for her client in a criminal assault trial; obtaining judgment in her client's favor in the bench trial of a case involving claims brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and numerous successes at the appellate level including cases argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals of the State of California, and the Court of Appeals of Ohio.  She was lead counsel in a loan origination fraud case, which she prepared for a forty-witness jury trial.  Ms. Gould also acted as lead counsel at a six-witness evidentiary hearing on class certification in a mortgage loan servicing case.

Ms. Gould has significant experience in resolving complex litigation matters, including cases alleged as class actions, either by defeating plaintiff’s motion for class certification or successfully litigating the case to the point where plaintiff will abandon the class allegations and settle the matter on an individual basis, or by guiding and advising the client through the complexities of a class action settlement to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.

                                                                                                               

Significant Decisions:

  • Lewisman v. AT WORLD PROPERTIES d/b/a @properties, 13 CH 22070 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ill. Sept. 2, 2015) (granting motion to strike class allegations)
  • In re: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.,754 F.3d 772 (9th Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal of consolidated amended complaint in multidistrict litigation alleging fraud and conspiracy based on the use and creation of the MERS® system)
  • Glazer v. Chase Home Finance LLC, et al.,2013 WL 7869273 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. Dec. 19, 2013) (affirming dismissal of class action complaint alleging claims for violation of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, conspiracy, and negligent and intentional misrepresentation)
  • Glazer v. Chase Home Finance LLC,et al.,704 F.3d 453 (6th Cir. 2013) (affirming dismissal of class action complaint alleging FDCPA violations)
  • Pittman v. Chase Home Finance LLC, 2012 WL 893418 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. Mar. 15, 2012) (affirming that limits on class counsel’s use of class list did not interfere with attorney-client relationship or class counsel’s right to free speech)
  • Haynes v. EMC Mortg. Corp., 205 Cal. Appl. 4th 329 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2012) (affirming dismissal of class action complaint and holding assignment did not need to be recorded prior to nonjudicial foreclosure on deed of trust because California statute regarding recording did not apply to deeds of trust)
  • Rodriguez v. Chase Home Finance LLC, 2011 WL 5076346 (N.D.Ill. Oct. 25, 2011) (dismissing class action complaint alleging violations of the Homeowners Protection Act)
  • Barger v. EMC Mortgage Corporation, et al., 2011 WL 4712209 (N.D.Cal. Oct. 7, 2011) (denying class certification in case alleging RESPA violations)
  • Cervantes v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 656 F.3d 1034 (9th Cir. 2011) (affirming dismissal of putative class action complaint alleging fraud and conspiracy based on the use and creation of the MERS® system)
  • Siwulec v. Chase Home Finance, LLC, 2010 WL 5071353 (D.N.J. Dec. 7, 2010) (dismissing class action complaint alleging FDCPA violations)
  • Gunter v. Chase Bank USA, N.A., 731 F.Supp.2d 1238 (S.D.Ala. Aug. 9, 2010) (granting summary judgment against plaintiffs on class claims alleging RESPA violations)
  • Price v. Washington Mutual Bank, 2010 WL 1416706 (Bkrtcy. N.D.Ala. April 8, 2010) (dismissing class action complaint alleging defendants assessed unapproved, post-petition fees and charges to debtors’ accounts)
  • Rodriguez v. Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., 2009 WL 5184702 (D.Conn. Dec. 22, 2009) (granting summary judgment against plaintiffs in a nationwide, racial discrimination claim for “predatory servicing” under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq.)
  • Pittman v. Chase Home Finance, LLC, Case No. CV-05-571902 Common Pleas Court, County of Cuyahoga, Ohio (May 27, 2009) (denying class certification in case alleging violations of state lien release statute)
  • Herrera v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, consolidated with Ruhl v. HSBC Mortgage Services, Case No. 08-cv-371-LA (E.D. Wisc. Dec. 23, 2008) (affirming dismissal of class action adversary proceeding brought on behalf of Chapter 13 bankruptcy debtors)
  • Trevino v. Merscorp, Inc., et al., 583 F.Supp.2d 521 (D. Del. Sept. 30, 2008) (granting motion to dismiss class action against shareholders of MERS®)
  • Moseley-Smith v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, 222 Fed.Appx. 533, 2007 WL 866182 (8th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment against plaintiffs on claims alleging impropriety of facsimile fees)

Professional/Community

  • Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association, Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Committee, 2014
  • Ms. Gould is involved in volunteer work with the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.  Her work includes serving four years as the volunteer coordinator for the Homeless Ministry, three years as a member of the Children’s Ministry Committee, and more than ten years as a Sunday school teacher for kindergarteners and first graders.  Ms. Gould also visited the Philippines in 2009 on a mission trip hosted by the Chicago Temple.

Pressroom

Publications

330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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